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How to choose an attorney

Choosing a lawyer can be difficult, especially if you have to do it at the time you are arrested.  If at all possible, establishing a working relationship with an attorney whom you trust before the need for an attorney arises, is obviously the most desired and beneficial route. The lawyer you decide to retain should be compatible with your personality and manner of handling pressure. 
 
Find someone you can talk with and trust. Schedule a preliminary interview and have several questions prepared. (See sample questions below)  Choosing a lawyer simply because he or she understands or is sympathetic to alternative sexual expression may lead to later dissatisfaction. Lawyers should be selected for their expertise and experience in specific categories of cases. You can always contact the NCSF, and if we know of lawyers in your area, we will refer you to them.  There is also a website that lists, by state, kink friendly lawyers, and other professionals. The website may be accessed through the following link www.ncsfreedom.org/kap. 

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Why You Should Care

Because your sexual expression...
  • Can result in discrimination, prosecution, and even violence against you
  • Can cause you to lose your children
  • Can cause you to lose your job or your income
  • Can lead you into a maze of antiquated laws and regulations you never even knew existed
  • Is arbitrarily criminalized by state and local authorities
  • Is used by the radical right to marginalize minority groups
  • Can result in the invasion of your privacy by the government, both within your own home or in educational, social and group environments 

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    • Work to change the social climate about sexual issues
    • Promote acceptance of safe, sane, and consensual alternative sexual practices among consenting adults
    • Oppose censorship of consensual sexual expression
    • Fight for freedom of academic expression about sexual issues
    • Help communities and individuals facing the threat of prosecution or legal action
    • Support the right of adults to express their sexuality, gender identity and orientation freely and openly without fear
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